Why Were Polymer Pistols Created?

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    Why Were Polymer Pistols Created?

    I was wondering if anyone knew why polymer pistols were created. I am guessing it was to cut down on the weight of an all-steel frame.

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    Probably cost to manufacture as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllAmerican View Post
    Probably cost to manufacture as well.
    I think this is probably the bigger reason.

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    Who cares???? They work and are awesome. LOL
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    Cheaper materials, production costs and weight savings while marketing a state-of-the-art design to the public. The cost dropped, production sped up, sales increased and profit climbed.

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    I know there are people (traditionalists I suppose) who hate polymer frame pistols, but you have to ask yourself one question. Can you beat a Glock's reliability and accurracy with an out-o-the box pistol? Polymer may be cheaper to manufactue, but that doesnt mean it's inferior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McPatrickClan View Post
    I was wondering if anyone knew why polymer pistols were created. I am guessing it was to cut down on the weight of an all-steel frame.
    After Hi Point introduced the pot metal slide other gun
    manufactuers had to come up with something to compete
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    Glock didn't have enough metal in stock? JK
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    My supposition was that Polymer frames are lighter, easier to make AND easier to clean and maintain.
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    Cost and weight, primarily. The HK VP-70Z was the first poly pistol, IIRC, developed sometime in the late 1960s, produced from 1970- the mid 80s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob72 View Post
    Cost and weight, primarily. The HK VP-70Z was the first poly pistol, IIRC, developed sometime in the late 1960s, produced from 1970- the mid 80s.
    Yeah I remember reading about that gun, seems gun designers were wanting to make firearms with all sorts of new polymers, metals and alloy steels back then.

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    They don't rust, they can tolerate a lot of substances that metals can't, they allow for infinite shapes and sizes to be made much more cheaply... Basically because they are better in almost all areas. Why not ask "why were repeating arms made; single shots were just fine," or even "why were firearms made, the long bow is the ultimate manstopper!" Tradition is tradition - it has NOTHING to do with effectiveness or efficiency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McPatrickClan View Post
    I was wondering if anyone knew why polymer pistols were created. I am guessing it was to cut down on the weight of an all-steel frame.
    Yes... that's pretty much it.
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